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Represent or identify by using a symbol; use symbols.  Synonym: symbolize.  "These painters believed that artists should symbolize"
Express indirectly by an image, form, or model; be a symbol.  Synonyms: represent, stand for, symbolize, typify.

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"Symbolise" Quotes from Famous Books

... glance for a little at the various theories which have been brought forward to explain the myths. The commonest of all such theories is that the divine personalities stand for the individual powers of nature. Most especially, the gods and goddesses symbolise the sun, moon, and stars, night and morning, summer and winter, and the general story of the year. No one will deny that the personification of Nature had a large share in all mythology. The Oriental mythologies rose to a large extent in this fashion. The Baals of Semitic worship all stood for ...
— Among Famous Books • John Kelman

... her, and they are like me, molten in the same furnace of her fiery heart. She is dark and moody, sudden and ill-fated, and rends her young like a cannibal lioness; and she is old and wise, and remembers Hur of the Chaldees which Uruk built, and that Temple of Bel which rose in seven pyramids to symbolise the planets, and Birs-i-Nimrud, and Haran, and she bears still, as a thing of yesterday, old Persepolis and the tomb of Cyrus, and those cloister-like viharah-temples of the ancient Buddhists, cut from the Himalayan rock; and returning from the Far East, I stopped at Ismailia, and so to Cairo, ...
— The Purple Cloud • M.P. Shiel

... as, for instance, the letters on this page are no true image of the sounds they call up, nor the sounds of the thoughts, yet both may be correct enough if they lead the reader in the end to the things they symbolise. It is M. Bergson, the most circumspect and best equipped thinker of this often scatter-brained school, who has put this view in a frank and tenable form, avoiding the bungling it has sometimes led ...
— Winds Of Doctrine - Studies in Contemporary Opinion • George Santayana

... render it more versatile still. With the improvement in his body his mind improved also. He learnt to perceive the moral government under which he held the feudal tenure of his life—perceiving it he symbolised it, and to this day our poets and prophets still strive to symbolise it ...
— Samuel Butler's Canterbury Pieces • Samuel Butler

... Jewish question my bigotry makes me liberal. To symbolise the Christianity of the House of Commons in its present form is to substitute a new Church and creed for the old Catholic one; and as this is delusive, I would do nothing to countenance it. Better have the Legislature declared what it really is—not ...
— Memoirs of James Robert Hope-Scott, Volume 2 • Robert Ornsby

Words linked to "Symbolise" :   mean, personify, epitomise, symbolisation, intend, symbol, embody, epitomize, stand for, be, symbolize

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